Super fresh, organic food that's home grown requiring almost no fossil fuels to grow or deliver to the table. It takes time to learn how to create and care for a food garden and resources to make it a success. In our case it's only since we got a good deer fence that we've really succeeded in our garden. But it is so worth it. One unexpected benefit of a garden -- even with picking and eating food from the garden every day there's still a huge surplus. It's only June 20 but I've already had 24 friends come pick their fill from the garden. And that's before the tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and other summer harvest starts.
For new gardeners: there's lots to learn but also many resources, including local Master Gardener demo gardens, classes, blogs, and fact sheets online. (In Maryland we've got the Grow It, Eat It program. For information on that and all other state Master Gardener programs see http://extension.umd.edu/mg.) Find a neighbor or friend who gardens and offer to help in the garden in exchange for learning and sharing in the harvest.